This was the first small batch I dyed using elderberries and their stalks, the top three pieces are plain cotton, the bottom some scrim. I left all the berries/stalks etc in the dye pot when adding the fabrics. Learning from my mistakes I won’t be doing that again – it took a lot of washing to get rid of all the squished berries which had adhered themselves like superglue to the pieces. I strained the liquid and added more berries, steeped them for a day or so before straining the liquid again before adding more fabrics.
I love the difference in tones that have been achieved and were there more elderberries out back to be had I would by dyeing some more. These pieces have held more colour as they didn’t have to be scrubbed to get rid of detritus :). In both cases I added plain old distilled vinegar as a mordant. There are various fabrics here, cotton, silk, slub silk, parachute silk, lace, linen plus a napkin and a doily. Again the variant colours achieved make me very happy.
Next up, if I can find enough, will be dyeing with acorns … of course I shall have to beat the squirrels to them but a woman can try!